Waller has his pace in the Sun

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT - GLENN MCFAR­LANE IN MEL­BOURNE

CHRIS Waller is con­vinced d his colt The Au­tumn Sun can do some­thing Winx never got the chance to do – take on and d beat the world – af­ter de­mol- ish­ing the field to win the e $2 mil­lion Caulfield Guineas.

The prospect of Aus­tralia’s ’s two most ex­cit­ing horses butt­ting heads in this year’s Cox ox Plate ap­pears re­mote, with the he trainer doubt­ful his colt is sea­soned enough to tackle his su­per­star sta­ble­mate.

“We didn’t get the chance (to take on the world) with Winx; we left it too late,” Waller said af­ter The Au­tumn Sun yes­ter­day backed up his Golden Rose win with a 4½-length pro­ces­sion in the Guineas.

“I doubt we will miss out with this bloke.”

Nine­teen years to the week­end since his sire Red­oute’s Choice out­slugged Testa Rossa in the same race, The Au­tumn Sun over­came a dif­fi­cult and wide run in tran­sit to pro­vide star hoop James McDon­ald with his first Group 1 suc­cess in two years.

The re­lief was pal­pa­ble for McDon­ald, who feared mo­men­tar­ily he had botched it, but was left al­most speech­less with the horse’s stun­ning per­for­mance.

“The world is his oys­ter, not many of them can do that,” McDon­ald said.

Start­ing a $1.75 favourite, The Au­tumn Sun was three wide for al­most the en­tire trip af­ter jump­ing ““too well”, ell” ac ac­cord­ing to McDon­ald, but he stormed clear to win from $101 out­sider Vas­si­la­tor, with the filly Oo­hood ($9.50) fin­ish­ing third.

Waller will meet the colt’s own­ers early in the week to de­ter­mine what comes next.

“I know ev­ery­one is dy­ing to hear ‘Will he run in the Cox Plate?’ but ul­ti­mately it will be up to the own­ers,” he said.

“If he is go­ing to be a world cham­pion, he would have to beat Winx.

“If he is go­ing to be a world cham­pion in two weeks, he will be in six months time.

“(Winx) hasn’t got the ‘world’s best crown’ for noth­ing. She gets around Moonee Val­ley bet­ter than any horse.

‘‘I am not afraid to run my horses against her and I wouldn’t be in the Cox Plate, but I am do­ing the right thing by the horse.”

When McDon­ald was asked af­ter the race if The Au­tumn Sun should take on Winx, he said: “No, I wouldn’t, she’s too good.”

Pic­tures: Getty Im­ages, AAP

SEA­SON’S GREET­INGS: Jockey James McDon­ald rides The Au­tumn Sun to vic­tory in the Lad­brokes Caulfield Guineas; and (inset) trainer Chris Waller holds the tro­phy aloft.

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